No milk dumping, but farmers plan to rally Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the Manchester Livestock Auction over low milk prices. Manchester is about halfway between Dubuque and Waterloo on Highway 20 in northeast Iowa. The site is at 1624 22oth St.
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Joel Morton – Farm Aid (hotline director)
Arden Tewksbury – Pro Ag Manager – will talk about Senate Bill S.889 and how it will solve the problems
John Crabtree – Center for Rural Affairs
Chris Peterson – Iowa Farmers Union
Joel Greeno – president American Raw Milk Producers
Francis Thicke – Dairy Farmer
Bryan Gotham – a New York Dairy Farmer
For more information contact: Dave Knipper at 563-590-1596 or Jerry Harvey at 641-203-4063
Dairy farmers will rally Tuesday, April 14, 2009, outside the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines to protest low dairy prices. Dave Knipper, a salesman for Prairie State Select Sires, said the combination of high grain prices and low dairy prices have made this spring a historically low point for dairy farmers. Producers who milk a couple hundred cows are paying $15,000 to $20,000 monthly for feed, while getting only $9.50 to $10 per hundredweight for their milk, about half of the $18-$20 of last year’s prices, Knipper said.
Dairy producers will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the west entrance of the capitol grounds, near the monument of Abraham Lincoln and son Tad. Knipper said the farmers don’t plan to dump their milk, as some producers have done at past protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere. But they will speak about being unable to afford health insurance and address other concerns, including the record profits of some milk companies while farmers are getting paid less than the cost of producing milk, as well as the health scares associated with imported products, such as the tainted milk from China.
Dave Knipper can be reached at (563) 590-1596.